When it’s all said and done, we are going to have to answer to God for the way we choose to live our lives. He is going to hold us accountable for the things we say and do. I think this principle is best illustrated in 2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” So today, I want to offer three areas of our life where we need to be held accountable.
- We need to be accountable with our finances. I strongly suggest that you consider dividing your money into three categories which include giving, savings, and spending. We should give at least 10% to God through the local church as a tithe. We should save an appropriate amount for the future, and we should live off the rest. This means you are going to have to resist the urge of instant gratification, while simultaneously establishing a monthly budget. The Bible states in Proverbs 21:20, “In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.” Don’t be foolish with your finances! Learn to live on a budget.
- We need to be accountable with our emotions. We cannot allow the emotions of fear, worry, anger, jealousy, and/or grief to become toxic in our lives. We have to learn how to be led by the Holy Spirit and not our emotions. Proverbs 29:11 states, “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” In other words, don’t you dare overreact, rather keep your emotions in check.
- We need to be accountable with our actions. When you make a mistake, admit it! Don’t try to hide it. Don’t try to justify it. And don’t try to blame others. Own it, correct it, and move on! The Bible says it best in Proverbs 28:13, “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” If we want to truly be successful in life, we have to be committed to correcting our mistakes.
Yes, our God will hold us accountable for the way we choose to live our lives. Therefore, I encourage you to be accountable with your finances, emotions, and actions. I want to leave you with the words found in Romans 14:12, “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.”